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Old 06-18-2006, 08:36 AM
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Gas/diesel mix

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My wife managed to fill up the front tank of my F-250 with regular gas before realizing the mistake. Luckily, she switched to the rear tank before starting it. The front tank now has about 90% gas and 10% diesel. Question: Can I use this fuel in a gasoline car, or my lawnmower? Or will that have any damaging effect on the engine?
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Help!

My wife managed to fill up the front tank of my F-250 with regular gas before realizing the mistake. Luckily, she switched to the rear tank before starting it. The front tank now has about 90% gas and 10% diesel. Question: Can I use this fuel in a gasoline car, or my lawnmower? Or will that have any damaging effect on the engine?
ive run it in my vehicles. i would not run it in a turbocharged or high compression motor, but in any standard gas motor it will run fine. the times i have run a mix like that, that little bit of diesel actually makes it run kinda nice.......i have got it before at work when we have waived the high california disposal fee in exchnage for letting me take the fuel...anything less than about 15-20% diesel is fine, although your fuel economy wont be as hight......but its already paid for, so that doesnt really matter......Marc
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A little bit of diesel makes a gas engine run slightly better? Marc, you're giving me bad ideas!
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I wouldn't recommend runing it in any newer car, maybe if you have an early 90's or earlier vehicle. I mixed gas and of road diesel in a couple of cans so I could make them gas cans, and ran it in my buggy and 86 Tbird without problem. Lawnmowers and other small engines should be fine too.
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:27 AM
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Hmmm....I have to mow the lawns today too.
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Gas in fuel

Had a similar problem a few months back and was on a trip. I determined it was gas by the smell when I checked the fuel filter and drained it thinking I had just gotten bad fuel. I drove back to a Wal-mart parking lot, purchased 7- 5 gallon gas cans and a heater hose to use as a siphon. Drained out 35 gallon of gas, put in 5 gallon of diesel, put a section of the heater hose on the filter drain and with the drain open turned the key on letting the pump push out the gas with the diesel I had put in. Drove it over to the pumps and filled up with the right stuff.
I took the 35 gal. of gas home for the lawn tractor. Iíve not shared this with anyone as I thought that was a pretty dumb mistake. Guess Iím not alone.
I still think I got it out of a diesel pump, but then, I had been driving all night.
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